HP Announces Its First Android-Based Tablet For $169

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By Vijaykumar Meti | February 25, 2013 6:14 PM EST

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is back into the tablet market but this time with Google's Android operating system. On Sunday, just a night before Mobile World Congress (MWC) was to officially start in Barcelona, HP announced its first Android running tablet, the HP Slate 7.

The HP Slate 7 will have a tough competition with popular mid-sized tablets like Apple iPad Mini, Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0.

"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP.

"Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows® 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP," he added.

As the name 'HP Slate 7' indicated, it features a 7-inch screen at a resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels, powered with ARM Dual-Core Cortex A9 processor at 1.6GHz clock speed paired with 1GB of RAM and operates on Android Jelly Bean operating system.

It also includes a 3 megapixel primary camera and a VGA front facing camera for video calls and chats. It has 8GB internal storage and has a built-in microSD card slot for expanding memory. Other features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and a set of stereo speakers with Beats Audio technology.

The HP Slate 7 is expected to go on sale in the United States and globally in April with a starting price of $169.

Recently the South Korean electronics giant, Samsung Electronics also introduced its new 8-inch tablet called as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, ahead of MWC at Barcelona. It seems Samsung is directly competing with Apple's iPad Mini which was launched last year featuring a 7.9-inch screen size.  

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